This mysterious underwater ‘Crop Circle” off the coast of Japan puzzled divers who happened to come across them, and for good reason. Less than five percent of the world’s oceans have been explored according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, so if there really are more things between heaven and earth, it’ll probably come from the ocean. What kind of mysterious forces are at work here? Keep reading to find out! [Continue Reading…]
Japanese photographer Yoji Ookata has spent the last 50 years of his life trying to unearth these underwater mysteries, the rippling six foot diameter geometric crop circle you see below being only one of the more recent. Using underwater cameras, his team discovered the artist to be not an aquatic alien invasion, but a small puffer fish only a few inches in length.
Swimming tirelessly through the day and night to make the intricate pattern, the males of this species apparently make them to attract females, which are drawn to the undulating hills and valleys within the pattern. The female traverses the circle, finding the male puffer, and subsequently laying their fertilized eggs in the center. Mystery solved for now, but remember there is still 95% of the sea left to explore 🙂